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Freedom to Tinker

Research and expert commentary on digital technologies in public life

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(Mis)conceptions About the Impact of Surveillance

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:58:51 +0000

Does surveillance impact behavior? Or is its effect, if real, only temporary or trivial? Government surveillance is back in the news thanks to the so-called “Nunes memo”, making this is a perfect time to examine new research on the impact of surveillance. This includes my own recent work, as my doctoral research at the Oxford Internet Institute, […]

Software-Defined Networking: What’s New, and What’s New For Tech Policy?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:50:38 +0000

The Silicon Flatirons Conference on Regulating Computing and Code is taking place in Boulder. The annual conference addresses a range of issues at the intersection of technology and policy and provides an excellent look ahead to the tech policy issues on the horizon, particularly in telecommunications. I was looking forward to yesterday’s panel on “The […]

Making Sense of Child Protection Predictive Models: Tech-Soc Reading Group Feb 20

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:09:09 +0000

How are predictive models transforming how we think about child protection, and how should we think about the role of such systems in a democracy? If you’re interested to ask these questions, join us at 2-3pm on Tuesday, Feb 20th at Sherrerd Hall room 306 for our opening Technology and Society Reading group meeting. The conversation […]

How Data Science and Open Science are Transforming Research Ethics: Edward Freeland at CITP

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:50:29 +0000

How are data science and  open science movement transforming how researchers manage research ethics? And how are these changes influencing public trust in social research?   I’m here at the Center for IT Policy to hear a talk by Edward P. Freeland. Edward is the associate director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center and a […]

Why Everyone in Tech Should Visit the American Museum of Tort Law

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:27:19 +0000

This Monday, Nikki Bourassa and I organized a van from Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society to visit the American Museum of Tort Law, which I have decided to call the American Museum of Exploding Cars and Toys that Kill You. While at the museum, I came to see another way that research can […]

Workshop on Technical Applications of Contextual Integrity

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:00:04 +0000

The theory of contextual integrity (CI) has inspired work across the legal, privacy, computer science and HCI research communities.  Recognizing common interests and common challenges, the time seemed ripe for a meeting to discuss what we have learned from the projects using CI and how to move forward to leverage CI for enhancing privacy preserving […]

Automating Inequality: Virginia Eubanks Book Launch at Data & Society

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:18:14 +0000

What does it mean for public sector actors to implement algorithms to make public services to be more efficient? How are these systems experienced by the families and people who face the consequences? Speaking at the Data and Society Institute today is Virginia Eubanks, author of the new book Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, […]

Website operators are in the dark about privacy violations by third-party scripts

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:49:23 +0000

by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan. Recently we revealed that “session replay” scripts on websites record everything you do, like someone looking over your shoulder, and send it to third-party servers. This en-masse data exfiltration inevitably scoops up sensitive, personal information — in real time, as you type it. We released the data […]

Roundup: My First Semester as a Post-Doc at Princeton

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:21:26 +0000

As Princeton thaws from under last week’s snow hurricane, I’m taking a moment to reflect on my first four months in the place I now call home. This roundup post shares highlights from my first semester as a post-doc in Psychology, CITP, and Sociology. So far, I have had an amazing experience: The Paluck Lab […]

Singularity Skepticism 4: The Value of Avoiding Errors

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:56:57 +0000

[This is the fourth in a series of posts. The other posts in the series are here: 1 2 3.] In the previous post, we did a deep dive into chess ratings, as an example of a system to measure a certain type of intelligence. One of the takeaways was that the process of numerically […]